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#NPTech, Digital Inclusion, and the Web we are cocreating

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Regardless of the specific sector you work in or the kind of technology you may be interested in, it’s likely you’ve seen blog posts, tweets, or other coverage of some incredibly tough experiences by a few women working in the tech industry.

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Social Media Tools to Watch in 2014 for #NonprofitRadio

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Last Friday, I had my monthly spot on Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio , a weekly online radio show that Tony hosts, it’s Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%.

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3 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Next Fundraising Campaign (and free ebook!)

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I’m honored to be included in a new ebook about marketing, fundraising, and social media. You can download the ebook, check out the various topics, and much more from: https://www.blackbaud.com/npexperts.

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Latest Social Media Stats for #NonprofitRadio

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Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio , a weekly online radio show that Tony hosts, is Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%. Trusted experts and leading thinkers join Tony each week to tackle the tough issues facing small-and mid-size nonprofits.

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Unlock Fans While Engaging Supporters Beyond Like, Share and Comment

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The mystery of creating real impact using Facebook has eluded many organizations for years now. There are examples of organizations succeeding with a certain campaign but when the campaign is over, they aren’t sure what to do.

5 Assumptions Every Community Manager Should Make Daily

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This post is cross-published from NTEN. Read the post and join the conversation on the NTEN blog. —– Normally, I stay away from assumptions: We all know the saying about what assuming does to you and me!

Slideshare and Pinterest for Nonprofits

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I’m a monthly guest on Tony Martignetti’s Nonprofit Radio (which you already know because you’re a subscriber , right?) and on this last episode we talked about two popular tools: Slideshare and Pinterest.

Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day

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Today, at the 2011 MyCharityConnects Conference in Toronto, I had a ton of fun leading a session and discussion around making the most of social media in just 30 minutes a day.

Book Review: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

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I recently got my copy of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine. In the foreward, Beth and Katie say that “measurement is the secret sauce; we provide the recipe.” ” And that they do!

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Security and Control: Early thoughts on Google+

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Google+ , the latest iteration on social networking from Google, is here. There are bound to be many, many versions of this blog post as people from around the world start investigating the tool and sharing their impressions.

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Crowdsourcing vs Community-sourcing: What’s the difference and the opportunity?

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Last week I presented for my second time with Nonprofit Webinars. The first time I focused on DIY Community Engagement Metrics and shared lots of templates and examples.

DIY Social Media Management

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Yesterday, I had a lot of fun giving another webinar for Nonprofit Webinars, this time focused on DIY Social Media Management.

Fast Company: Two Reasons Why You Keep Making Mediocre Hires

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“‘I made a tremendous hire recently,’ a colleague recently told me. I couldn’t remember the last time I heard that type of remark. We all want to be able to say something similar, and we want “tremendous” to mean many things: right for our company, contributing to a diverse team, passionate about our mission or project, and more. But hiring people who fit that description is more often the exception than the rule, and these are the two main reasons why.”

Book Review and Giveaway: The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising

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In our work, regardless of the the cause we are passionate about it or the job title we have, we have to recognize that it isn’t all about the “function” of our work. Do you work in a communications department? It isn’t always about social media.

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First Reflections on Jumo

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As you may have heard , Jumo is now open in beta. What is Jumo?

Fast Company: The CEO’s Guide To Building Diverse Teams (And Keeping Them That Way)

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“By now there’s little disagreement, at least in principle, about the value of diversity, and there’s plenty of great conversation out there about how to make more diverse hires. But working with organizations of all sizes, I still see little real understanding about how to organize internally in order to benefit from diversity.

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Great reads from around the web on June 29th

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I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of June 29th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

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Taking Social Media to Saudi

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Saudi Arabia to teach a course at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology as part of the Winter Enrichment Program.

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with NTEN and @Kanter

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Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3rd and you’re invited to join the celebration with NTEN!

Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

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Earlier this week, I had the terrific opportunity to participate on a panel at the US launch event for “Philanthropy and Social Media”, a whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy and The Indigo Trust.

Is social media helping you meet your mission? It can!

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Last week, I had the opportunity to run a webinar on Nonprofit Webinars. I had thought to myself that there wouldn’t be anyone registered because it wasn’t a very buzzy topic.

Interview with Rob Wu & Public Launch of CauseVox

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I’m not sure if you caught the news today but CauseVox has launched their public beta!

Mastering Social Networking as a Volunteer

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Yesterday was the 2012 New York Cares Leadership Conference , and I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a session to volunteer leaders and inspiring community members.

Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: The Generational Divide (Panel Discussion)

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Today, I’m live blogging a few sessions from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit. This panel discussion focuses on the generational divide, with the following panelists: Wendy Harman and Suzy DeFrancis, American Red Cross. David Smith and Michael Weiser, National Conference on Citizenship.

Community Building begins with Community Organizing

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Yesterday, I had a very fun time presenting with my friend and colleague Debra Askanase at the 2 011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. We focused on principles for community building and community organizing, as well as examples of both short-term and long-term engagement.

Heroes with a Heart: Nominate a Nonprofit Hero Today!

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We all know someone quietly changing the world each and every day. He or she is not on the front page of the newspaper, and not mingling with the Gates and Buffets of the world. Everyday people have shown extraordinary commitment to making this world better and actually get to work doing it.

Worth a Look: Scoop.it Digital Content Tool

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My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is now up – you can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR blog , or check out the repost below.

2012 SXSW Interactive – #nptech Highlights

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Last week I was down in Austin, TX, for the 2012 South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

A Recipe for Social Good Magic from Twive and Receive

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I’m really excited to share this guest post today from Ifdy Perez about the Twive and Receive campaign going on right now: Today’s a special day for nonprofits.

See, Say, Feel, Do: Metrics for Social Media

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I am a big fan of actionable metrics.

Frogloop Guest Post: 4 Tools to Help Any Nonprofit Tell Stories Online

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My guest post is up on Care2′s Frogloop blog; you can read the post and join the discussion there. or read the entire post copied below.

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Facebook Campaigning in Romania

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Earlier this summer, I had the huge privilege to visit Romania and help with the Local Philanthropy Workshop. It was so much fun and it was an amazing experience to work with people like Chris Worman and meet with so many local nonprofit and community changemakers.

So, You’re Thinking About Blogging? How To: Create a Blog for your Organization

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Last year, I had the unique privilege to help facilitate The Local Philanthropy Workshop with the TechSoup Romania team. It was a lot of fun, and as much as I was asked to share some of my knowledge and ideas, I learned a great deal from the local participants.

Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

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This morning, I had the huge honor of presenting the keynote at the 2011 MyCharityConnects Conference in Toronto, ON. I am so thrilled to have the chance to participate in this event and thankful for the invitation. The full keynote and presentation are below.

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Book Giveaway: Mazarine Treyz, The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising

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My friend, Mazarine Treyz , is an accomplished woman: She is passionate about life and supporting nonprofit organizations. She’s worked in development offices of all sizes and has recently put her years of experience and training down on paper in The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising.

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Use Case: The Community-Driven Social Impact game for Community Media Centers

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Last month, at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference , I had the opportunity to run the Community-Driven Social Impact game in a session workshop. The room was full, and participants came up with some terrific examples and options for their organizations.

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Empowers Grant for Community Organizing at #OWS from DemocracyInAction

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If you’ve been following the #OccupyWallStreet events you know the size and number of events continues to grow every day. It’s really exciting to see the energy and visibility the Occupy Wall Street movement is bringing to communities around the country and even world.

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Try Qriously for free: Real-time data for your organization!

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Last week, I had a lot of fun test-driving Qriously , a new application that replaces advertisements on smart phones with questions, creating real-time feedback about the topics you are interested in.

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New on SSIR: Can Giving Days Strengthen Your Community?

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My latest post on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog is now up. You can read it and join the conversation on the SSIR blog , or read the copy below.

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Pinterest or Delicious: Social Bookmarking Coming back as Digital Curation

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Lately, we’ve watched as images – from photos to infographics – have taken over the web. As photos take over Facebook newsfeeds and Pinterest explodes, I see so many people trying to accomodate an image-centric process into their digital curation.